Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The members of a decadent school of literature and art existing in Italy in the seventeenth century. It actually flourished for about 140 years from the middle of the sixteenth century. Its productions are marked by exaggeration of style and affectation.
“Quite casually the term was transferred to literature, first by Giosuè Carducci in a Prolusione in 1860, where he refers to the Barocco dei secentisti (Opere, Edi - zione Nazionale, Bologna , V, 520) and in Spain, when Menéndez y Pelayo, in Historia de las ideas”
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